Jack Goff buoyed by MG progress during rollercoaster weekend

Jack Goff

MG Triple Eight Racing’s Jack Goff enjoyed an eventful race weekend to leave Donington Park lying sixth in the points standings.

Entering the weekend as joint championship leader, the 24-year-old qualified his MG6 GT in 13th position on Saturday before three thrilling races.

Carrying 66kgs of success ballast in race one, the MG6 driver became embroiled in a stunning three-way battle for seventh place with Rob Collard and Adam Morgan. After a series of clean overtakes, it was Goff that emerged from the trio to take the position.

Another race of attrition in round five saw Goff take the chequered flag in eighth before his day came to an end at the prior to the halfway mark in race three. Contact with Sam Tordoff as well as hit from behind by Morgan sent Goff and the BMW into the gravel on the exit of the chicane, bringing his day to a premature end.

Although the weekend didn’t carry the success of Brands Hatch, the MG pilot was buoyed by the progress he and the team had made at the Leicestershire circuit.

Passing comment on his race day, Goff said: “The first two races were good and we made progress with the car, to the extent that I went quicker in race one than I did on Saturday. Collard hit me twice in race two, and I thought we’d get something out of that if I’m honest, but we didn’t.

“For race three, we all bunched up into the chicane and Sam (Tordoff) and I had a bit of rubbing. I then got a hit from behind, which locked us together and that was it, end of the race.

“I thought I was pretty safe on the inside, and when everyone bunched up I thought it was getting a bit too tight, but I was a total passenger in that accident and I ended up in the gravel. It’s not a good way to end a weekend, but sometimes it happens.”

Goff concluded: “We improved the car today stability-wise, which will help us no end at Thruxton. We’ve still got things to work on, but I think we look quite good.”

The former Clio Cup champion was handed two penalty points and a reprimand by race officials after an incident with Hunter Abbott in the opening free practice session. Goff is now one more strike away from serving grid drop.

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